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Old 04-29-2002, 08:30 PM   #18
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Re: news and facts ... or what sells

Originally posted by Bruce Baker
Having personally been involved in reported news stories by different News crews, basically as being privy to facts before during and after a News story, I have seen a minor local story inflated to raging crime waves, or a crush of holiday traffic never seen before ... These particular storys aired on the New York news media in the 1970s, let alone various local South Jersey stories in the Philadelphia news.

The problem with descriptive prose for a News Story is that the reporter is selling words to make his/her paycheck. Depending how important the Padding of the Story becomes is the relevence to the the Story becoming News and makeing AirTime verses finding a home in a garbage can?

Be careful of observing the padding in news.

Sometimes the comedy of a situation is funny just because of the irony of what happens, but corrections are more helpful than making fun of misquotes about "forcefields"? (come on guys, a little help?)

Reporters, depending upon their own education and marketability, will indeed turn a mediocre story into a crime wave, but the very next week report the drop in crime upon the same subject? I guess your own comparitive research and knowledge will have to be applied to each type of story depending upon how many facts you find matching the story upon other reports from different news agencys?

Kind of like Aikido practice. The more you learn what works, the easier it is to pick out the humor verses the reality of Aikido practice?
The news and the basic TV documentary seems good until you find something on a subject you really know. Every newspaper article I have seen on a subject that I knew on a professional level had at least a couple glaring factual errors and always a rather obvious slant. Makes you think twice about the articles on subjects you don't know.

As for forcefields. I honestly can't believe anyone, at least above a certain age, could possibly be that gullible. But then people are always surprising me with what they are willing to believe.

Jonathan Olson
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